Local Headlines: October 25, 2019
National Transportation Safety Board Releases Report on Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions.
The NTSB report concluded that Columbia Gas failed to implement adequate procedures to detect and prevent overpressurization, which led to the explosions in September 2018. The report includes recommendations for preventing such accidents in the future. [WBUR]
Two Children in Boston Diagnosed with Meningococcal Disease.
Both cases were linked to daycare centers but it's unknown if they are connected. Meningococcal disease can lead to meningitis, which can be deadly. Those confirmed to have been in contact with the two children has been given antibiotics "as a precautionary measure" to help contain the risk of the disease's spread, according to city officials. [WBUR]
Governor Baker's Appeal in Vape Ban Decision Denied.
An appellate court has ruled that the government has days to issue an emergency health regulation and set up a public hearing on the four-month ban of vaping products, or the state will allow nicotine vape sales to begin again on Monday. [Boston.com]
Cost of Housing in Boston Area Is Prohibitive to Home Ownership for Millennials.
This piece in the Boston Herald explores Boston's housing market challenges, particularly for millennials. "A family would need to earn around $160,000 per year to qualify for the median home in Suffolk County, according to data from the National Housing Conference — well over the $90,650 household income of the average two-person household in the Boston area." [Boston Herald]
Rep. Ayanna Pressley Presses Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Cryptocurrency Project.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to the U.S. House of Representatives this week to answer questions about Facebook's privacy and data collection policies. In a hearing, Pressley (D-MA) expressed concerns about Facebook's plans to launch Libra, a blockchain cryptocurrency. [Boston.com]
Massachusetts Judges Ask ICE to Hold Deportations for Those Awaiting Trial.
The state's top judges have written a letter to the state director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stating that 13 criminals will not face justice in Massachusetts for felony charges of drug trafficking, child rape and assault, and murder because they have been deported. [WGBH]